Happy and mindless, but sad and smart? The impact of affective states on analytic reasoning

a growing body of literature indicates that individuals' cognitive performance on a wide variety of tasks may be profoundly influenced by the affective state they are in / this chapter will provide a selective review of some of the available evidence, focusing on the impact of affective states on analytic reasoning, and will offer a theoretical framework for the conceptualization of affective influences on information processing (from the chapter); informative functions of affective states / affect, motivation, and information processing / event-related thoughts: affective states as elicitors of attributional activity / generalization to other tasks (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2007 APA, all rights reserved)